CD44

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CD44

a type I transmembrane protein present on T cells, pre-B cells, monocytes, neutrophils, CNS white matter, fibroblasts, skeletal muscle, and medullary thymocytes; facilitates lymphocyte binding to endothelial venules and assists in adhesion.

CD44

A gene on chromosome 11q13 that encodes a cell surface glycoprotein involved in cell–cell interactions, cell adhesion and cell migration, and which is a receptor for hyaluronic acid. CD44 also interacts with other ligands—e.g., osteopontin, collagens and matrix metalloproteinases—and participates in a range of cellular functions including lymphocyte activation, recirculation and homing, haematopoiesis and tumour metastasis.
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Earlier investigators postulated a potential role for the CD44 molecule in tumor metastasis via the homing effects to lymphoid tissues.
The CD44 molecule and its splice variants provide new opportunities for the discovery of specific therapies for cancer and inflammatory diseases.